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Summer at the Science and Industry Museum

Make, create and play this summer at the Science and Industry Museum.

Put your tinkering skills to the test with Textile City and enjoy hands-on activities in the historic 1830 Warehouse.  Find out more about the textiles industry and how it has shaped our city. Get creative with fabric printing or try designing your own materials. Construct your own vehicle for moving cotton or experiment with simple machines. Be inspired by the city and contribute to a new interactive artwork by local artist Jenny Steele.  

Make your way to the 1830 Warehouse through the Lower Yard, where you can discover more about our historic site with a new trail and more beautiful planting stories. Watch out for tigers as you spin, splash and whirl your way down the tracks.  

Plus, play the best video games and consoles from the past five decades in Power UP, the ultimate hands-on gaming experience and see science brought to life in Experiment, our family friendly interactive galley.

Textile City Workshops 

Don't miss these one-off workshops alongside our programme of daily drop-in summer holiday activities. Try your hand at traditional techniques and dazzling design. Spaces are limited, so book your free tickets for these sessions when you book your museum admission tickets.  

Drag Queen Design 

27 July and 10 August 2022 

Textiles and drag collide in this design workshop with one of Manchester's most iconic drag queens, Anna Phylactic.  

Book 27 July
Book 10 August

Weaving Histories 

4 August 2022 

Have a go at traditional weaving techniques using your own hand loom and discover more about Manchester's connection with this tradition.  

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Create a Kantha 

11 August 2022 

Discover the centuries-old embroidery technique of kantha which reuses old rags to create beautiful cloths. Use the fabrics provided to craft your own creations to take away.  

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Create a Creature 

25 August 2022 

Create your own creature out of upcycled fabric offcuts with the team from Creative Design Manufacture, who will be on hand to show you how to hand sew your designs.  

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Flying the Flag for Manchester  

1 September 2022 

Be inspired by the colourful shippers' tickets on display in the Textiles Gallery and create your own in the form of a miniature banner or flag.  

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With Early Years Construction Packs, Spotlight Talks, plus our breath-taking special exhibition, Amazônia (on until 14 August), there’s something for everyone this summer at the Science and Industry Museum.

Part of the Science Museum Group